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ASUS Radeon HD 5850 1GB DirectCu TOP Review

Author: Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig
Date: September 7, 2010
Product Name: ASUS Radeon HD 5850 1GB DirectCu TOP Video Card
 
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Specifications



As we can see, the ASUS HD 5850 TOP DirectCU comes with some impressive clock speeds. Both the memory and the core speeds have been pushed to the point where this card stands shoulder to shoulder with some of the higher-performing HD 5850 cards currently on the market. Will these changes have a profound impact upon actual framerates? We’ll find out later.


Packaging & Accessories



It seems like every time we come across an ASUS product it sports a different box from the last one we reviewed. This one in particular is quite stunning with an all-black colour scheme along with a few touches of colour. Once again, we just wish there was some indication of clock speeds other that the claimed “110%” performance increase claim.


Within the exterior shell is the black box which contains the card and two separate boxes for the documentation and accessories. Protection is the usual high density foam but ASUS packs enough of it in here to protect their HD 5850 against literally anything.


As is usual for graphics cards these days, the accessory list here is thin at best. You get an adaptor for HDMI to DVI, a Molex to 6-pin power connector, a Crossfire bridge and finally a pair of CDs; one which has the driver (we sill recommend you download the latest version from AMD.com) and another with the utilities.
 
 
 

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